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Second Half Comeback Stalled As Men's Basketball Falls To No. 23 Springfield, 86-76

Second Half Comeback Stalled As Men's Basketball Falls To No. 23 Springfield, 86-76


Score: Springfield 86, Emerson 76

Records: Emerson Lions (13-8, 6-4 NEWMAC) ; No. 23 Springfield Pride (18-3, 9-1 NEWMAC)

Location: Springfield, Mass. (Blake Arena)

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Lead: Despite outscoring Springfield 50-47 in the second half, the Emerson men's basketball were unable to get past the Pride in an 86-76 setback on Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC play. 




Points: Jarred Houston (24), Jack O'Connor (17) & Zach Waterhouse (11)
Rebounds: Houston (10)
Assists: Houston & O'Connor (4)
Steals: James Beckwith (2)
Blocks: Houston & O'Connor (1)


Points: Jake Ross (29), Heath Post & Trey Witter (13)
Rebounds: Ross (14)
Assists: Ross (4)
Steals: Ross, Daryl Costa & Deonte Sandifer (1)
Blocks: Ross (4)



  • Emerson faced the early 7-2 deficit just three minutes into the contest after Ross nailed the trifecta, yet the Lions were able to bounce back and regain the 12-11 lead when sophomore Trevor McLean (Boston, Mass.) drilled a triple at 14:19. 
  • Springfield answered with a 9-0 burst fueled by five points from Post to grab back the 20-12 cushion. 
  • Freshman Ben Allen (Hampton Beach, N.H.) scored down low to help the Lions pull within a pair at 20-18 at the 8:02 mark, but the hosts gained control with a 16-4 spurt to earn the 36-22 advantage with under three minutes to go in the half. 
  • At half's end, the Lions would find themselves trailing by the score of 39-26. 
  • Houston paced Emerson early and helped the visitors pull within seven (42-35) just under three minutes into the second frame. 
  • Over the next 3:32, the home team embarked on a lengthy 16-2 run that consisted of four three's to push its lead up to 58-37. 
  • Emerson continued to face a double-digit deficit for much of the half until the Lions stormed back with an 11-4 surge, thanks to seven points from O'Connor, to make it a two-possession contest with 2:04 on the clock.
  • From then on, the game went to the free throw line as the Pride knocked down 10 from the line within the final 1:14 with the Lions falling by a score of 86-76. 



  • Emerson begins the final stretch of its home schedule on Wednesday, February 12 at 5:30 p.m. hosting Clark. 
  • Springfield spends next Wednesday night on the road with a NEWMAC slate out at Wheaton (Mass.) at 6:00 p.m.